A couple of weeks ago I found my theme for the year. I’m terrible at resolutions, even goals, so this year I just want to explore a single, personal intention: health. What it means to me, how to cultivate it daily in better rituals (I like that word so much better than  habits).  So in the past couple of weeks I’ve been trying out several things, which perhaps I’ll talk about in future posts.

The reason for this choice is that last year was a bad year in health for me. Or maybe a good one, depending on perspective. I continued to struggle with fibromyalgia, I had major surgery in late spring that took 2 months to recover from. I contracted shingles for the third time one week into the fall semester (after refusing a vaccination for in in August thinking what are the chances for a third time?). I had a bad sinus infection all fall. I sank back into bad habits as winter approached.

This month I turned 63. Time to stop messing around. The world is going to hell in a poorly woven plastic basket and my world, the place where I work, my home, my grip on the forces that shape me, all feel rather shakey at the moment.  So I think I’ll use this space to explore health intentionally for a while.

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One ritual I’ve started this week that seems healthy is turning on music on my iPad instead of the news or social media, to get out of bed. No email till after breakfast. I’ve been trying out the music function available via my Amazon prime membership, which is visually easier for me than Spotify. And seems to have more variety for browsing than Pandora/ but that’s just me.  Here’s a screen shot of one of the things I heard this morning: IMG_0301.PNGI like the sketchiness, the map like quality of that graphic. Gotta try something like that in my art journaling.